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Heating & Cooling Tips

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Tips to lower the energy bill for your business

Heating and cooling systems are often large energy users in businesses. Here are some ideas to help lower costs:

Warmer Months
  • Set thermostats at 78 degrees or higher when cooling. Bills increase up to 4 percent for each degree below the recommended setting of 78 degrees.
  • By using fans (ceiling, box, oscillating) in occupied rooms, you may be able to set your thermostat a few degrees higher without compromising the comfort of customers or employees.
Cooler Months
  • Set thermostats at 68 degrees or lower when heating. Bills increase up to 4 percent for each degree above the recommended setting of 68 degrees.
  • With a furnace or standard electric heating, turn the system off or down when the business will be vacant for longer than 2-3 hours.
  • Customers with heat pumps should set their thermostats at 68 degrees and leave them there to avoid using the emergency heat setting. Also, make thermostat adjustments in 1-2 degree increments, waiting 10-30 minutes between adjustments.
  • Check heating system filters once a month and clean or replace as needed.
  • Weatherize facilities. Cooling and heating bills can be reduced by 10-25 percent by simply caulking, sealing and weather-stripping around all windows and outside doors or where plumbing, duct work and electrical wiring penetrate exterior walls, floors or ceilings.
  • Schedule a free business energy and water survey with our Energy and Business Services Department at 352-393-1460.